The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is planning to reopen some public access areas which were previously closed. With river levels dropping below flood stage, several areas along the Laramie River and North Platte River in the Saratoga Valley will be reopened on June 13.

The public access areas to reopen include Jelm, Monolith, Treasure Island, Foote, Pick Bridge, Sanger and Fort Steele/Rochelle. In addition, the roads on the Wick Wildlife Habitat Management Area along Wagonhound Creek will also be reopened.

These areas were closed nearly two weeks ago due to flooding, and officials with the Game and Fish say they are now safe for the public to enter them again.

"Human safety is our first and foremost concern on any of our Game and Fish administered lands, and we just want people to be safe," says Robin Kepple, Information Specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish.

Despite dropping river levels, the public is cautioned that many roads, campgrounds and parking areas are still very muddy and can be difficult to travel. This mud may also make boat launching very challenging. People are asked to use caution when on the roads and when boating, especially on the North Platte River in Saratoga.

People with any questions about these public access areas can contact their local Game and Fish office.